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Ebullient mood, despite the downpour, at yesterday’s Knowle fun picnic!

9 Sep

Report and pics to follow shortly.

More caravans in East Devon’s AONB?

5 Sep

Remember  Sunday stroll past AONB , SIN post on  24 Feb 2013?

What’s happened at Ladram Bay  and at  Devon Cliffs…. may now be about to marr the landscape at  Dunscombe Manor Caravan Park at Salcombe Regis.   Details as follows:

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The proposal seeks planning consent to change of the use of an agricultural field to accommodate up to 11 static caravans at Dunscombe Manor Caravan Park. This is an established business that has continued for many years. Theapplications site is situated within a sensitive AONB landscape with views possible from the World Heritage Site along the coast line, which features also apublic footpath. On balance it is considered that the proposed development, when viewed in the context of the existing caravan park and the boundaryscreening in place, would have an acceptable visual impact on the landscape. Mitigation measures to aid assimilation of the development, such as controlling the colour of the caravans and landscaping schemes, are suggested in order to prevent visual harm. The proposal would help support a prosperous rural economy by increasing tourism to the area which could maintain local employment. The proposal can also be accommodated without harm to wildlife or harm to surrounding properties. Therefore a recommendation of approval is made. As this recommendation conflicts with the requirement of local plan saved policy T04, as it would extend the caravan site within an AONB, the proposal would constitute a departure from the local plan and is therefore referred to members of the Development Management Committee.

SIN hears that Ward Member Chris Wale is strongly in favour. Voters may like to contact him ( and his fellow other councillors) with their own views.

Queen Mum’s memorial Hall is no more

4 Sep

Eliz Hall demolition DSCN6611

Sad sight today at Exmouth seafront, as Elizabeth Hall was being demolished, after EDDC planners’ recent decision. Passers-by were puzzled as to why the quaint building is to be replaced by a Premier Inn Hotel.

What makes a place special?

The Business TAFF drags on

2 Sep

TAFF Sherlock P1030006

The special committee  to investigate the EDBF/EDDC connection was set up by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, then chaired by Councillor Stuart Hughes (since reluctantly removed from this post). This was almost a year ago. For what has happened since, and how the days and delays have accumulated, click here for a SIN correspondent’s research : TAFF timeline

The letter from Natural England that stalled the Newton Poppleford, King Alfred Way planning application

27 Aug

The letter, which has now appeared on the EDDC planning website, is linked below

88526 13-0316MOUT King Alfred Way Newton Poppleford

The Great British Seaside Sell-Off part 2

27 Aug

The article in The Guardian G2 of Monday 26 August 2013, a paragraph of which is dealt with below, ends with the following paragraph:

Other coastal towns have enthusiastically pushed ahead with reducing the municipal role.  In 2011, the Conservative-controlled Isle of Wight council voted to close the island’s six tourist offices and 27 public toilets, reduce spending on parks and gardens and axe the beach lifeguard and the Wightbus service.  The council said that tourist information offices were no longer needed, but this summer an “information point” for visitors opened in a private shop.

(The Tories lost control of the Isle of Wight this year, by the way…)

Modest pay rise recommended for EDDC Chief Officers

23 Aug

The following agenda has much of interest, including, on p. 67, the sentence: ‘The proposed 1% increase in Chief Officer pay is a matter of discretion for Cabinet’ .

EDDC  Chief Officers  are specified as the Chief Executive, the  Head of Finance(section 151 Officer), and Deputy Chief Executives x 2 (Monitoring Ogfficer).

Here’s the link http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/combined_cabinet_agenda_040913_-_public_version.pdf

Make your new comments on the Local Plan

23 Aug

And when does consultation on the 53 major amendments to the Local Plan start?  Today:  the day before a long bank holiday and with no announcements in the press to tell people that it has started.  It mentions that they will be writing to all those without email addressed and to statutory consultees.  But when will those people receive their letters – perhaps more than a week into the new consultation period.  Is this proper procedure one has to ask.

How many people know that the site is up and running and the clock has started ticking?

If you wish to make comments online go to

http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/lpchanges

and make sure you make as many comments as possible.

You have until 12 Noon on Monday 7 October 2013 to submit your comments

Picnic in the Park, Knowle, 8 September 2013

16 Aug

Bring your own picnic and enjoy one of Sidmouth’s finest parks on a Sunday afternoon in September.

This informal  event , with fun and games, is being organised by the Knowle Residents’ Association, backed by Save Our Sidmouth and the  East Devon Alliance     http://www.eastdevonalliance.org.uk P1030172Knowle Parkland, entrance from Knowle Drive

Details at http://saveoursidmouth.com/2013/08/15/fun-picnic-in-the-park-knowle-sunday-8th-september-3-5pm/

EDDC to keep a ‘firm grip’ on office relocation costs

7 Aug

The Council are casting around for new sites for their offices.  Their  press release issued this week  can be viewed at http://www.saveoursidmouth.com  New office locations sought (posted 7 August)